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Pluto was in the human consciousness from Feb. 18, 1930 to the present day, although on Aug. 24, 2006 the IAU demoted it to a "dwarf planet." A symbol that has been in the human psyche for 76 years cannot suddenly be erased by an act of will or mind, so it is well worth seeing what this planet has in store for us during its 16-year sojourn in Capricorn. Taking 248 years to circle the Sun, Pluto averages 21 years in a sign, so it affects and characterizes the psyches of entire generations (However, since all planets change houses every two hours due to the earth’s daily rotation, Pluto’s position by house in your chart is very individual).

Pluto was briefly in Capricorn from Jan. 25 to June 14 of 2008, and then remains there from Nov. 26, 2008, to Jan. 21, 2024. The last time Pluto was in Capricorn was from Nov. 8, 1762, to Dec. 1, 1778, during the American Revolutionary War. Pluto actually entered Capricorn at the end of the French and Indian War (1754-1763) that determined which colonial power would dominate America. It was then that the colonists tasted what it was like to be mobilized, albeit in the British cause. At the 1763 Treaty of Paris, all French Territory east of the Mississippi was ceded to the British. The British immediately reserved the land it had just been ceded for exclusive use by Native Americans. Although the purpose of this “Royal Proclamation” was to maintain some control over the 13 colonies’ westward expansion, it was, in fact, the beginning of the end of America’s bowing under the yoke of British rule. Shortly thereafter the passage of the British “Intolerable Acts” (the 1764 Sugar Act and the 1765 Stamp and Quartering Acts) led to the forming of the First Continental Congress to consider united resistance.

Capricorn symbolizes structure, form, law, time, limitation, government, success, the summit, skin and bones in the body, and the mountains and surface of the Earth. Pluto symbolizes power, change, evolution, catharsis, death, rebirth, sex, the unconscious and primal, and that which is deep, hidden and buried. So Pluto in Capricorn symbolizes that governments and the Earth will be in upheaval, and that much that is outdated and ready to die will fall. Revolution and anarchy will surface more than in the years before, and the people (Pluto rules the public and the anarchic mob) will be heard with a louder voice. Pluto also rules the black race, and Barack Obama’s rise to the most powerful position on Earth is symbolic of Pluto at the summit: Capricorn.

Pluto symbolizes the voice of Africa, and the nations of that great, abused continent are rising up and claiming their right to be free. Since December 2010, revolution has been sweeping through the Arab world in a movement called The Arab Spring (in Arabic, the Arabic Rebellions or the Arab Revolutions). Revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt overthrew their heads of state. Tunisian President Ben Ali fled to Saudi Arabia and was sentenced to prison for 35 years in absentia. Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak resigned after 18 days of massive protests. After 42 years as dictator the longest ruling Arab leader Muammar al-Gaddafi of Libya was overthrown by civil war and is hiding from the rebels. Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki both announced they will not seek reelection. Al-Bashir is being indicted by the ICC on crimes against humanity and war crimes (a charge of genocide didn’t stick), and there have been increasingly violent demonstrations demanding al-Maliki’s immediate resignation. The Syrian government has responded to mass protests by having the army place many of its cities under siege; the death toll to its own people already exceeds 3000. The Jordanian government of Prime Minister Samir Rifai resigned, but mass protests against Jordan’s King Abdullah still continue. In April and May of 2011 President Ali Abdullah Saleh of Yemen agreed to step down, reneged on his deal, and was severely injured in a RPG attack on his presidential compound killing four bodyguards and three heads of state; he survived. There are also major protests in Morocco, Algeria, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Kuwait, Bahrain, Sudan and Western Sahara. Clashes at Israel’s border in May 2011 were also inspired by the regional Arab Spring. A popular slogan of the demonstrators has been Ash-sha‘b yurid isqat an-nizam (“The people want to bring down the regime”). As of September 11, 2011, ongoing international estimates put the death toll related to the Arab Spring at over 35,000.

A major catalyst of the Arab Spring was the self-immolation of the Tunisian street vendor Mohamed Bouazizi on Dec. 17, 2010, in protest of the confiscation of his goods and his humiliation by an official. The first protests started the next day. Burning oneself to death is profoundly Plutonic, for Pluto symbolizes death and resurrection, and as the Phoenix bird (page 199) Pluto rises reborn out of her own ashes. Bouazizi’s “spark” seems to have ignited a long-standing and deep unrest over the inequitable distribution of wealth seemingly forever in the hands of unassailable autocrats.

A revolution against the power elite holding an unfair portion of society’s wealth—but that’s the nature of the beast—has been 10,000 years in the coming and is reaching global critical mass via the internet, cell phones and the growing collective consciousness and group mind of the Aquarian Age. The 2010 US census reports 46 million human beings (15.1%) living at or below the poverty level (obscenely defined as $22,000/year for a family of four or $11,000/year for one), while the wealthy pretend the poor do not exist or are at fault for being poor.

Pluto, the Latinized form of the Greek Plouton, is frequently conflated with Ploutos (Roman Plutus), the ancient Greek god of wealth. Plouton and Ploutos (Roman Pluto and Plutus) were often confused since mineral wealth is found deep underground, and the subterranean Pluto ruled the deep earth that held the seeds for a good harvest. Their conflation here is not without merit. To inequities in power and wealth we can add government corruption (Pluto in Capricorn) and the lack of government reform everywhere, for Capricorn is rigid and resists Pluto’s change. Top it off with increasing food prices and global famine rates and the refusal of the newly educated and connected youth to accept the way things are, and the pot is boiling over. Unfortunately for those of us having to go through it, “the outer planet is the teacher of the inner planet.” Pluto, the outermost planet, will teach Capricorn (the status quo) what it needs to know; and the more Capricorn resists, the harder the lesson will be.

Gasoline is obtained from the fractional distillation of petroleum, a “fossil fuel” derived from the fossilization of ancient organic materials like zooplankton or algae. These materials once settled to the bottom of lakes or oceans where in the absence of oxygen they were subject to great heat and pressure over eons of time. Heat and pressure are two major aspects of Pluto, as well as petroleum’s subterranean origin in the depths of the Earth. So oil is Plutonic in origin, and the release of its energy through its transformative combustion under great heat and pressure is Plutonic as well. We are now faced with manmade global warming due in large part to immense international corporations (Capricorn) heedlessly promoting the burning of Pluto in the Earth in the form of fossil fuels.

Pluto rules the criminal as well as the geological underworld, and this is a period when we will see more influence of the shadow and corruption in governments everywhere. This is also a time when governments will have to keep close watch on their thermonuclear devices, also symbolized by Pluto. The earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster in Japan are Pluto in Capricorn harbingers for us all. Pluto symbolizes evolution or death. That which cannot grow must die to make room for the new, as plant life does every fall in Pluto-ruled Scorpio to be reborn the following spring in the opposite sign Taurus. Many animal species are becoming extinct, and perhaps Homo sapiens will join them as the entrenched corporate/political power behind oil avoids its responsibility in global warming. The danger is remaining silent, as Pluto can be in its defense.

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